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Quilchena rancher is B.C.'s new lieutenant governor
Nicola Valley rancher Judith Guichon has been appointed lieutenant governor for British Columbia, succeeding Steven Point.
"She has a deep appreciation for the history and traditions of British Columbia and has spent a lifetime ensuring that we all stay connected to our roots, particularly through her work with the B.C. Cattlemen's Association," said Premier Christy Clark of Guichon.
"Those deep, abiding roots are what have driven Judith to get involved in her community, industry and province. She never has just stood by, but always sought ways to bring her perspective forward in a positive fashion and make our province better.
Lieutenant-governors in each province are appointed to five-year terms by the Governor General on the recommendation of the prime minister.
“Mrs. Guichon has dedicated herself to her community, province and country,” said Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
"She is a leader in keeping British Columbia’s agriculture and cattle industries environmentally sound and she has worked hard to promote and protect the ranchers of British Columbia.”
Guichon has had a successful career in ranching and introduced the holistic management method to ranchers in B.C.
She is the owner and operator of Gerard Guichon Ranch Limited on Highway 5A (Kamloops-Merritt Highway). It overlooks Nicola Lake in Quilchena.
Guichon lives there with two of her four children.
She has worked with several organizations, including the Fraser Basin Council of B.C. and the Grasslands Conservation Council of B.C. and recently completed her two-year term as the president of the British Columbia Cattlemen’s Association.